Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Mountainfilm is America’s premier documentary film festival celebrating adventure, activism, human rights, culture, environment and indomitable spirit. We accept and screen feature and short films on a broad range of subjects. We are always interested in work that focuses on mountains, mountain culture, and mountaineering, but we are also partial to films about people who are dedicated to changing the world. Our symposium theme for 2018 is migration. We encourage you to submit films that discuss or address that topic, though the festival will feature films on a wide range of documentary subjects.

Movie Maker voted Mountainfilm Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.

Awards & Prizes

Best Documentary Feature Award
Best Short Film Award
Audience Choice Award
Moving Mountains Prize (Supports a non-profit featured in a film - $3000)
Charlie Fowler Award (Best Climbing Film - $1000)
Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award (film that best epitomizes indomitable spirit - $1000)
Student Award (awarded by jury of high school students)

Rules & Terms

Film entries to Mountainfilm may be of any length, from any country, and on any subject. Almost 100% of films selected are DOCUMENTARIES. Submitted films should either be in English or include English subtitles. If a film is selected for theater presentation at the festival, it is the responsibility of the filmmaker to provide Mountainfilm with a DCP file and Apple ProRes file as exhibition copy by May 1, 2018.